I'm pretty disappointed with Ubuntu. It's never been easy to sort out the mess that is Alsa / Jack / whatever and have it work with Pd, Supercollider, Ardour, Lillypad.
I've upgraded to the latest and a) it immediately broke some audio software I was writing in openFrameworks (just stopped compiling, complaining about rtaudio), b) there seems to be no real-time kernel any more, and c) the audio I did get working is noisy.
Does anyone out there make and support a good Linux distro that "just works" (ie. sets up whatever needs to be set up in terms of Alsa / Jack / etc.) that ensures that my (in principle) fast computer can actually generate clean sound?
If not, what's the impediment? Is there some reason that audio can't be brought under control the way that different GUIs were in the past?